Jul 5, 2017 - Food and Drink

10 of the best boozy brunches in the city for when you’re ready to drink at 10 a.m.

You can’t talk boozy brunch, which always includes a Bloody Mary, without mentioning Chapel Hill bar Moo and Brew. The ultimate hangover helper comes in the form of their Large Marge, a 20-ounce Bloody Mary, comes topped with a burger, two grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon, fried green tomatoes, a jalapeño popper and cheese curds – and a 7-ounce Miller High Life on the side.

Governor Roy Cooper has officially signed the “brunch bill” into law, meaning that the ever-so-necessary Sunday morning mimosas and Bloody Marys can start flowing at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

The only catch is that City Council has to pass an ordinance that allows the law to be put into motion in Charlotte. Don’t panic – both Jennifer Roberts and City Councilman Kenny Smith have shown their support, and Smith wants the ordinance drafted before the PGA Championship comes to town in August.

[Related: Boozy Sunday brunch faces one final political hurdle]

When it does pass, be sure to celebrate accordingly with a fittingly boozy brunch at one of these ten popular spots.


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The brunch menu includes standard fare like Belgian waffles ($8) and crab cakes with poached eggs ($15) but the cocktail menu has more of an unexpected feel, featuring a Pisco sour ($15) and mojito ($9) alongside mimosas, bloody Marys and sangria.

Brunch served Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Full menu.

127 North Tryon Street  
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Bistro La Bon

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If you’re looking to go classic, stop in on Sunday for the $22 brunch buffet and its Bloody Marys and mimosas, but for more cocktail options, hang out on Saturday and chase your Salmon Benedict, Pyttipanna and Bistro Signature Omelet with a Bailey’s & Coffee, Bellini or Irish coffee.

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

1322 Central Avenue
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$35 gets each bruncher a series of three courses (appetizers like roasted cauliflower, entrées like poached eggs and desserts like ricotta doughnuts) plus one brunch cocktail. Cocktails include mimosas, Bellinis, Greyhounds and Salty Dogs.

Brunch served Sunday (noon to 3 p.m.). Full menu.

4905 Ashley Park Lane
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Their $19 Sunday brunch buffet, with its drunken mussels, donuts, pizza and more, may be one for the books, but don’t forget that you can get mimosa carafes and cocktails like their famous Texas Mule (Tito’s, lime juice, Heist’s ginger ale) or The Cure (ginger liquor, lime, Patters beer).

Brunch served Sunday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

2909 North Davidson Street
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Ink N Ivy


The view from the patio is unbeatable, and the cocktail menu is just as good, with $4 Bloody Marys (build your own!), $2 mimosas and a collection of specialty drinks ranging from $6-$8.

[Related: If you’re looking for a boozy brunch, Ink N Ivy has you covered]

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Full menu.

222 South Church Street
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The menu changes and the coffee cups may not have handles, but the cocktails like the Morning After (tequila, orange juice, Aperol), Screw Monday (vodka, Grand Mariner Raspberry Peach, orange juice) and Salty Pup (vodka, Fallerum, grapefruit juice, rosemary, sea salt) cement this trendy Myers Park restaurant’s spot on the list.

Brunch served Saturday and Sunday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Full current menu.

2820 Selwyn Avenue
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Moo & Brew

Get it before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

1300 Central Avenue
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The Packhouse

While the newest spot on East Morehead has yet to officially open (July 6!), we got to take a crack at their brunch menu, and the extensive cocktail menu didn’t disappoint. Agenda picks include Tobacco Road (Bulleit, orange liqueur, lemon, housemade fig jam, caramelized honey), the Mint Julep and Cannon’s Shine and Rise (Cannon’s Shine, prosecco, lychee purée, edible flowers).

Brunch served Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

500 East Morehead Street
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Sea Level

A seafood joint in Uptown may not be the first place you think of on your hunt for brunch, but don’t knock it, especially before you see the insane seafood tower. Wash it down with a classic Bloody Mary or their new, sure-to-be-a-favorite Brunch Punch.

[Related: Seafood for brunch? Take a look at Sea Level’s take]

Brunch served Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

129 East 5th Street
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Do things The Vivace Way: You’ll get 2 courses (one antipasti and one entrée) plus access to the mimosa and Bloody Mary bars until 3:45 p.m.

Brunch served Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Full menu.

1100 Metropolitan Avenue, Building E
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